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Born in Hollis, Queens, he debuted in 1999 with Venni Vetti Vecci and its single "Holla Holla". Due to his hits with his collaborators, Ja Rule has earned four Grammy nominations, and has had six top-ten albums, two of which, Rule (2000) and Pain Is Love (2001), topped the US Billboard 200.
Atkins began his rap career in 1993 with the hip hop group Cash Money Click alongside members Chris Black and O-1.
He took the stage name "Ja Rule", telling MTV News that the name came from a friend who addressed him by that name; other friends simply called him "Ja".
From 1999 to 2005, Ja Rule had multiple hits that made the top 20 of the U. Billboard Hot 100 chart, including "Between Me and You" with Christina Milian, "I'm Real (Murder Remix)" and "Ain't It Funny" with Jennifer Lopez, which both topped the US Billboard Hot 100, the Grammy-nominated #1 hit "Always on Time" with Ashanti, "Mesmerize" with Ashanti, and "Wonderful" with R. During the 2000s, Ja Rule was signed to Murder Inc. Ja Rule was born Jeffrey Bruce Atkins on February 29, 1976, to Debra and William Atkins in Hollis, a section of the Queens borough of New York City.
Jeffrey's father left the family when he was very young.
"4 My Click" featured Mic Geronimo and became popular on pirate radio, eventually receiving airplay on Yo! Plans for the release of the group's eponymous debut studio album were bought to a halt in 1995 after Chris Black was sentenced to five years in prison and the group was dropped from TVT, which led to their third single "She Swallowed It" never officially being released, however it was later bootlegged.
Shortly after the release of his fourth studio album, Ja Rule's ongoing beef with fellow Queens rapper 50 Cent reached its peak, with both artists taking to radio stations almost daily to trade insults and diss tracks. offices were raided by FBI agents and NYPD officers due to accusations of money laundering and drug trades by Kenneth "Supreme" Mc Griff, who was associated with Irv Gotti.
After being dropped from TVT, Ja Rule maintained a close relationship with DJ Irv, who was working as an executive producer for Def Jam at the time.